LOVE AND JOY CAME DOWN ON CHRISTMAS by Udochukwu Chidera | Joy to the World Issue 14 | PAROUSIA

1) On the first day of Christmas, I placed the sole star on the pear tree as dust, Repainted the rooftops a dull reddish brown colour of rust, The air smelt metallic as Vaseline jars tended to our chapped lips, The halls are decked with boughs of neon holly, ivy and sunshine, 2) On the second day of Christmas, the bellies of runways, Were blessed with landing airplanes just like the two doves who bore peace, I woke up to the smell of curry and crow of three French hens on the third Yule day, Love came down on Christmas … Continue reading LOVE AND JOY CAME DOWN ON CHRISTMAS by Udochukwu Chidera | Joy to the World Issue 14 | PAROUSIA

A Different Gift of the Magi by Tabassum Tahmina Shagufta Hussein | Joy to the World Issue 14 | PAROUSIA

Shasha was surfing through her Instagram page. She was looking for a present for her dad. He was a busy man. Shasha wanted to believe that her dad loved her more than anyone else in the world. He was a funny person. They used to have the quality time together. She noticed the change in her dad. Fourteen years old Shasha could hardly remember happy memories of her parents being a happy couple. There were always fights, shouts, slamming doors. And there was always a distance. The things were too bad that Shasha didn’t want to recall the memories. Her … Continue reading A Different Gift of the Magi by Tabassum Tahmina Shagufta Hussein | Joy to the World Issue 14 | PAROUSIA

Christmas Hope by Ellie Wakeman | Joy to the World Issue 14 | PAROUSIA

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and only God knew, tonight was the night, His Promise would break through.His people awaited hundreds of years, now it was time, God would triumph over all fears In the midst of getting up early, working through the night, mankind trying to carve out a good life with all their might. You see, many thought life was left up to them, tired and weary, with what seemed to have no end.Their motto became, “there’s work to do,”not knowing God was making all things new. Rolling up their sleeves, working hard just the same,the goal was … Continue reading Christmas Hope by Ellie Wakeman | Joy to the World Issue 14 | PAROUSIA

THE CONFLUENCE: Spirituality meets Creativity | Event | PAROUSIA

Dear Friends, We are excited to invite you to Parousia Collective’s first virtual event, “The Confluence: Spirituality meets Creativity.” This event will be held on Saturday 24th December 10 AM WAT –  9 AM GMT and will feature a variety of exciting program elements, including: Panel Discourse with Su’eddie Vershima Agema and Dr Nsah Mala Creative Writing Talk Parousia Poetry and Short Story Anthology Launch Parousia Magazine Joy to the World Issue 14 Launch Award of Parousia Christmas Short Story PrizeWe are thrilled to be able to bring this event to you virtually, and we hope that you will join … Continue reading THE CONFLUENCE: Spirituality meets Creativity | Event | PAROUSIA